In Reply to: D'oh now I've done it (long-ish) posted by DW on August 29, 2001 at 13:50:30:
And yep, there are alot of sensitive electronic parts in these cars.
Last week, I became the proud newest owner of a '95 525i (it's an automatic but that can be dealt with at a later time ;-) Against my better judgment, I bought the car everyone told me not to: high mileage with unknown service history (still have to run the vin through BMW though). Sure enough, pretty much every single item that "will break" is broken, but I got the car cheap and I view working on my cars as a hobby. I haven't been intimidated by the beemer yet, though I admit I've never seen a car with so many control boxes stuffed behind every trim panel :-) In addition to needing the dreaded front suspension components and rotors, and guibo, I also need some of the exterior trim items: RH rear door trim, rear bumper center trim, RH front & rear parking lights, and the LH grill & grill trim (the shiny part) (and some other stuff too). Much to my chagrin, it seems that the '95 "wide" grill parts aren't available from the aftermarket suppliers I've checked. So, to avoid taxing the patience of this fine group any further, my point is: who's the best/cheapest place to get a) used parts b) new parts. I have searched through the forums and the web and have been inundated by the results. There must be somebody who stands above the rest, i.e., a dealer who does mail order and gives discounts, or a salvage yard specializing in e34's. Also, when I go to replace the suspension components, I've been warned to watch out for cheap imitations. Is there any such thing as a cheap imitation made in Germany, or should I just be avoiding Chinese (etc.) parts?
Thanks much and I look forward to contributing to the forums as I become more knowledgeable about e34's.
Tallahssee Florida, USA